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Discover the unique, powerful benefits of cord tissue. Learn about stem cells and the life-saving research therapies that have been performed. Compare bone marrow, cord tissue, and cord blood stem cells . . .


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Choose

Your Cord Tissue Banking can be customized to fit your families budget. Pay in full or with our convenient payment plan. Plans starting as low as $89 for only four months.


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Enroll

Online enrollment is as easy as a click of a button. Be prepared now for when your baby arrives. Want to talk with a specialist first? We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.


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You're Done!

Your collection kit includes everything you need to successfully bank your baby's cord tissue. Priority Overnight FedEx shipping back to our lab is included for free. Enjoy your special day with your newborn and family because banking your baby's cord tissue is that easy with CoCells.


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We had enrolled in cord blood storage and had received the CoCells collection kit as a “just in case”. Unfortunately, our doctor was unable to get a good cord blood collection, so he just went ahead and did the umbilical cord collection. I was able to complete the enrollment over the phone and we now have stem cells stored for our baby.

Robert B., Florida

What Is Cord Tissue?

Stem Cells
Cord Tissue is comprised of Wharton’s Jelly, which is the gelatinous connective tissue surrounding the arteries and vein inside the umbilical cord.

It is composed of myofibroblast-like stromal cells, collagen fibers, and proteoglycans. Wharton’s Jelly cells are easily attainable and can be expanded in vitro, maintained in culture, and induced to differentiate into neural cells.

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Why Bank Cord Tissue?

Stem Cells
Cord Tissue is a potential source of multipotent stem cells

Mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs, are multipotent stem cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types. These special stem cells share many characteristics with other types of stem cells. Importantly, Wharton’s Jelly cells have telomerase activity which, when combined with your child’s umbilical cord blood stem cells, will maximize the potential benefit from cellular therapy.

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The CoCells System

Collection

After Registering with CoCells, a Collection Kit will be sent to you. Collection begins after the umbilical cord has been cut and clamped. Your newborn is completely safe and out-of-the-way during this process. You will feel no pain during the collection.

Your Healthcare Provider will extract a 10 inch section of the umbilical cord. This piece of cord will be placed in the sterile specimen cup. The cup then be placed in the Specimen bag. The bag will then be placed back in the collection kit along with the collection worksheet that has been completed by your Healthcare Provider.

Transportation

After the collection process has been completed, you will place the Collection Kit in the Clinical Pak provided. You will then place the pre-paid and pre-addressed shipping label on the outside of the Clinical Pak. You will call the toll free number listed. A courier will come to your room to pick-up the kit. The cost of transportation is included in our service.

Cord Tissue must always be kept at ROOM TEMPERATURE. It is surprisingly stable and can remain in the collection device up to 72 hours prior to processing at the lab.

Storage

Once your child's Cord Tissue reaches the lab, it will be processed and cryopreserved by a team of highly trained technicians. Our lab performs slow-rate induction of the cells into the freezing process. Over many hours, your child’s stem cells are gradually brought from room temperature to -195 C. This time consuming process helps ensure the safety and long term preservation of these cells.

After processing, they are placed into permanent storage. Your Cord Blood will be stored in Multiple Vials. All the stem cells collected will be stored.

Post Processing

Security and Backup Procedures are very important. Your baby's Cord Blood is placed in a secure room that can only be accessed by a swipe card or keyless entry system. Every staff member takes the issue of security very seriously. Only authorized personnel are allowed to enter the restricted area where the units are stored. They are as concerned about security from a business liability standpoint as you are from a "peace of mind" standpoint.

Labs usually hire an outside company to monitor their storage tanks (Like the alarm system in your home). These companies alert the staff if the liquid levels or temperature within the tank become abnormal. They also alert staff if there is an electrical failure. Most labs have a back up tank. In the unlikely event of a tank failure, samples can be readily moved to the spare without endangering your baby's sample.